RAF Chinook Carrying Army Land Rover
A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter is pictured carrying an Army Land Rover as part of Exercise Wessex Thunder.
RAF Chinooks from RAF Odiham taking part in Exercise Wessex Thunder (Ex WT) on Salisbury Plain. Ex WT saw 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) working with the Omani Western Frontier Regiment from the Royal Omani Army over a 2 week lonf exercise which concluded in a co-ordinated attack on the urban warfare training facility at Copehill Down. 2 PARA launched the initial assault with the Omani troops arriving by two Chinook's to reinforce the paras and complete the capture of the village.
The Chinook's also moved vehicles around the plain as underslung loads.
Royal Air Force Odiham is situated in North Hampshire, 46 Miles south west of London . The nearest large town is Basingstoke, 7 miles to the West. The working population of the Station is about 2, 000, of which around 100 are civilians.
Royal Air Force Odiham operates three Support Helicopter (SH) squadrons and one Army Air Corps (AAC) Lynx squadron. A conversion flight is incorporated in one of SH squadrons. The flying units are supported by Forward Support Wing, which provides 2nd line aircraft, equipment engineering and logistics support, and by Base Support Wing, which manages the Station infrastructure, finance, welfare and other support tasks. Ops Wing is responsible for co-ordinating all aspects of operational and logistic output and also manages the airfield services.
Nos 7, 18 (B) and 27 squadrons, equipped with the Chinook HC2, HC2A and HC3 and No 657 Squadron (AAC) with its Lynx AH7s, operate in support of NATO and UK interests worldwide, providing direct support to the Army. No 18 (B) Squadron additionally operates a training flight to convert pilots and crewmen to fly the Chinook. The Joint Helicopter Support Squadron is also based at Royal Air Force Odiham and deploys with the squadrons to provide specialist underslung load support and landing site management in
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AJAX, the Future Armoured Fighting Vehicle for the British Army
Pictured is the new AJAX prototype shown near its future assembly site in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
AJAX provides a step-change in the Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability being delivered to the British Army.
The programme includes six variants: AJAX, ARES, APOLLO, ATHENA, ATLAS and ARGUS. Each AJAX variant will be an agile, tracked, medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle, providing British troops with state-of-the-art best-in-class protection.
The vehicles are developed upon an adaptable and capable Common Base Platform, maximising commonality in mobility, electronic architecture and survivability that ensures the British Army has a family of world-class platforms.
Each AJAX platform variant has extensive capabilities, including acoustic detectors, a laser warning system, a local situational awareness system, an electronic countermeasure system, a route marking system, an advanced electronic architecture and a high performance power pack.
The AJAX family of vehicles has growth built in. With an upper design limit of 42 tonnes of driveline capability, scalable and open electronic architecture and a modular armour system, it has enormous potential to combat future threats and incorporate new technology throughout the lifespan of the platform.
As a result, AJAX provides the kind of growth capability that the user will need to face the uncertain challenges of Future Force 2020 and beyond. AJAX will replace the less capable CVR(T), providing broad utility throughout the balanced Army 2020 force across all operations.
The AJAX programme was originally known as the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme. It was renamed at DSEI (Defence Systems & Equipment International) exhibition on 15 September 2015.
Ultimately there will be 589 SCOUT SV platforms supplied to the British Army
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Royal Marines Teach USMC on their Over Snow Vehicle of Choice
Pictured are Viking Vehicles move through deep snow around Bardufoss exercise areas during Ex Cold Enabler 2018 in Norway.
Royal Marines from Bovington based Viking Squadron were training members of the USMC on the Viking All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) as part of Project ODIN. This project has seen members of 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines initially conducting driver training in the UK and then in Norway with the Royal Marine specialists.
The USMC were developing their cold weather warfare capability and required protected mobility that can thrive in the harsh arctic conditions; Viking is the vehicle of choice. Capable of traversing undulating deep snow, steep slopes and swimming in water, the ATV can also be mounted with a Heavy Machine Gun and has organic white phosphorous smoke. This makes it a formidable but manoeuvrable platform. With the ability to transport 10 fighting troops and 2 crew per vehicle, the tracked vehicles can deliver men to the battlefield fit to fight.
Viking Armoured Vehicles provide protected battlefield mobility for the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade. Designed for amphibious operations they have the ability to swim when required, either to land troops ashore, or to cross obstacles like rivers and lakes.
The Viking has the ability to move rapidly across the majority of terrain to outmanoeuvre the enemy.
Although the primary role of the Viking is in protected mobility for the Royal Marines, it is also often used in battlefield reconnaissance, fire support and as a command platform